Nick McCormick and Andy Vernon delivered solid times of 13:32.88 and 13:38.10 for third and fifth respectively behind Collis Birmingham‘s (AUS) Olympic qualifier of 13:15.57 over 5000m respectively to move into the top two positions of the early year UK lists in the distance.

For that matter, it could be particularly promising for McCormick’s 1500m ambitions in summer, having run in the 3:40.80 a couple of weeks ago.

Julia Bleasdale smashed her PB over 1500m as she posted 4:16.56 to slice over three secs off her previous marker for fourth as Zoe Buckman was a comprehensive winner in 4:11.65.

Over to the States, Chris O’Hare started off his new season to a brisk pace as he commanded the men’s 1000m in a big PB of 2:20.99 on the first day of the Meyo Invitational in Indiana, doubling up over 3000m later today.

Up in Canada, Tyrone Edgar improved to a SB of 6.72 secs over 60m at Saskatoon, his fastest since 2009.

The McCain Indoor City Challenge in Sheffield is under way and rising multi-event prospect Katarina Johnson-Thompson has started a busy day in striking manner as she set a new UK U20 indoor record of 6.39m, setting a stirring tone to the meeting.

Isobel Pooley could emerge as a hope to represent Britain in the Olympics as she cleared a substantial PB of 1.88m, a UK lead, and even attempted three times at a would-be world indoor qualifier of 1.92m in the wake, saying all week she was feeling on fire.

Jessica Ennis reached a rather typical opener of 6.19m on the day to come second behind Abigail Irozuru, who set an indoor best of 6.30m, in the women’s long jump but moved up a notch to nail her fastest ever opener over the hurdles in 8.03 secs later, essentially restoring all-round parity with Chernova at this early stage.

Andy Pozzi kept on pounding out times on the verge of the qualifier for the World Indoor Champs as he ran an equal second-fastest ever of 7.67 secs, meaning that he has run four races within 0.02 secs so far this term – consistency to the full effect of the word!

On the track, Meghan Beesley showed that she could be on the brink of a breakthrough as she powered to easily her fastest time around this time of 54.08 secs over 400m while Marilyn Okoro took the 800m in 2:04.31 on her season debut.

Some very interesting times in the 400m at the Birmingham Games as Richard Buck has returned to the top of the UK lists in 46.93 secs while Rob Tobin won his heat in 4743 and Michael Bingham his in 47.61 secs. Luke Smallwood looked also lively to come first in his run in 47.68 secs.

In women, Shana Cox improved her SB to 53.08, an Istanbul qualifier, while Emily Diamond maintained her upsurge in a big PB of 54.19 secs, looking full of running at the end – a new force rising in the event?

In the men’s 60m semifinals, Richard Kilty blasted to a massive PB of 6.61 secs, marginally outside the Istanbul qualifying standard, to top qualifiers through, where Glasgow victor Mark Lewis-Francis will be missing as he seems to have suffered a rather slight hamstring injury.

Christian Malcolm was through in 6.77 secs on his first outing of the winter too but most athletes opted to pull out of the final to save for the UK Trials next week, as happened with most events, and Harry Aikines-Ayreety came on top despite a relatively slow 6.74 secs.

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